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161 mjohnson 03/11/2008 Creek at south end fo mile 163 no longer runs to the ocean, has stopped flowing earlier than in past years.Beach has been swept clean of debris and most driftwood by wave action, also the beach shows loss of sand resulting in a very gentle down-slope to the tide line and low bluffs have been eroded into the fore dunes. View full report 0
97 beachnut 03/12/2008 Dune erosion continues from China Creek south to New River/Two Mile. The Snowy Plover nesting signage and fencing are in place at China Creek in the usual area and also at the Plover Habitat Restoration Area. The beach inbetween is still subject to high tides so there really isn't any foredune for nesting. Fencing is also in place in the dune immediately south of the HRA but didn't run the entire dune to the river floodplain. Kelp/shells, animal casings, small rocks, wood pieces and ocean-based debris in the driftline. A few gulls and Snowy Plovers on the wet sand. One seal pup resting on beach. Visible retreat of vegetated sand dune and evidence of wave overtopping. Low human impact (0). View full report 0
49 Tichenor 03/12/2008 A very calm day, even at the dock. Empty beach; only a few gulls in the surf. View full report 0
23 Bob Harvey 03/12/2008 Low tide, overcast. Heavy dune erosion, exposed driftwood. People and dogs using beach even though it's midweek. Marine gardens exposed but not easy to get to because guarded by slippery rocks. Geese nesting atop rocks. Little litter. No dead birds or mammals. View full report 3
90 [email protected] 03/12/2008 Kayaked from Storm Ranch to site of old 2002 breach and walked N and S from this point. Saw Red Fox and Raccoon tracks. Large tree trunks and logs deposited during winter overwash events in old breach site. Sand building up on beach. A BLM information kiosk had been vandalized, and the appropriate persons have been notified. Shells, kelp, wood pieces, land- and ocean-based debris in driftline. Pollen colored residue (phytoplankton) on beach. Two Snowy Plovers. Low human impact (0). View full report 3
176 Zurflueh 03/12/2008 Beach was strikingly clean of debris. View full report 0
89 [email protected] 03/12/2008 Kayaked from Storm Ranch to old breach near end of Mile 90 and walked to S. end of Mile 89. New River breach closed. Bull Kelp knots, shells, woodpieces, plastic pellets, Land- and ocean-based debris and Styrofoam in driftline. Fox and raccoon tracks on beach. Merlin and Sanderlings observed. Significant sand deposition and large woody debris appear in this area. Looks like wonderful plover habitat. Foredune eroded steeper and deeper - not ramp-like like last year. No evidence of overtopping except in areas of previous river breaches. No human activity except track of ATV from biologist survey team. View full report 4
125 flotsam 03/12/2008 This mile appears to be unadopted. I submit this report to provide some photos of the wreck of the purported George L. Olson. View full report 2
149 flotsam 03/13/2008 This was a cursory visit, as we did not actually get to our mile, but viewed the general area from afar (at least a mile). We were lashed with rain, and were recovering from a 9 mile walk the day before, to visit the site of the supposed George L. Olson shipwreck, at or near mile 125.I will post some photos at that mile's site, as it appears to be unadopted. View full report 0
174 Foulkes 03/13/2008 Lots of large driftwood washed in during winter storms.Bulldozer has smoothed the Baker Beach crossing to the beach. View full report 0
188 claretucker 03/13/2008 Pair of oyster catchers south of entry. Not as much trash as expected. Lots of gulls. View full report 0
176 CMHarvey 03/15/2008 Forest Service vehicles on the beach just north of Berry Creek. View full report 0
128 rubygoes 03/16/2008 I enjoy experiencing "my" mile in the CoastWatchway, and trying to take in every single thing thatNature has left there for me. Her deep carving ofthe foredunes over the winter with what must havebeen a giant fork was impressive. We'll now havethe fun of seeing if she returns what she tore away as the months go by. Beach was covered by broken shells and a few sand dollars. A small rodent (Coypu)on the beach. Evidence of heavy vehicle use in allowed area but none today. Drainage pipe exposed on beach. Low human impact (4)-walking. Three dogs. View full report 0
121 LouiseW 03/16/2008 Kelp, shells, wood pieces, land-based debris, plastic pellets and Styrofoam in the driftline. Four dead birds: 1 gull, 2 Northern Fulmars and 1 White-winged Scoter. A few shorebirds foraging in driftline and moving in response to dogs. Sand accumulating near the bluffs. Less sand build up on the southern part of the beach. Dramatic slope to the low tide line. New rock exposed below high tide line. Concrete steps and slabs exposed along bluffs. Cliff being undermined below a house. It appears that telephone poles and chains are being used to stop erosion. Moderate human impact (14)- 4 walking, 2 surfing, 2 fishing and 6 picnicking. 3 dogs. View full report 1
245 lvoelker 03/16/2008 Lots of shredded/pulverized plastic debris in the surf line for the past three weeks. View full report 0
330 alkarbeck 03/16/2008 Nothing unusual these past months. Our area allows driving on the beach and we have many dog walkers. We have picked up a lot of trash in the last month of which most is plastic. View full report 0
137 comubp 03/16/2008 Nice day on the beach. Shells, kelp, animal casings, wood pieces and small amount of ocean-based debris in driftline. Two gulls and a Raven flew over beach. Dead birds were: 4 Northern Fulmar, 2 immature gulls, and 2 Greater Scaup. Erosion of the foredune. Lots of human ATV usage in legal areas. No signs of problems or concerns. Moderate human use (20)- 6 walking and 12 sitting. View full report 0
138 comubp 03/16/2008 The BLM had a caterpillar grade the Snowy Plover nesting area behind the beach. No ropes or signage was visible on the beach as was present in past years. Perhaps it is too early. Small patchy amounts of shells and wood in the driftline. A few Bull Kelp clusters on beach. Fifty Sanderlings foraging in the surfline. Three Ravens and three gulls in area. One dead Northern Fulmar. Erosion of the vegetated foredune. Low human impact (2)-walking. View full report 0
307 Bald Eagle 03/16/2008 Ocean erosion continues on high banks near access point, and Bald Eagles continue to be observed. View full report 0
212 philandjan 03/16/2008 This is a sandy beach, with 2 creeks, Grant Creek near the north end and Moore Creek near the south end. The beach is backed by sandstone cliffs, bluffs and vegetated dunes with houses along the top of the bluffs. Grant Creek has a bridge over it, but Moore Creek is relatively undeveloped. The flat plain upstream from the beach on Moore Creek, between the beach and the highway, is available for development. The beach today was smooth, with very little debris in the tide line, lots of rocks exposed. There were a few mole crabs washed up, and a couple of Dungeness crab carapaces. Live birds included a few gulls and crows, four turkey vultures, and two ravens. A stranded Brant's cormorant was in the wash zone, but still alive - an eagle flew in and took it to a rock where the eagle devoured the cormorant, supervised by the two ravens. Four northern fulmars and an unidentified alcid were found dead on the beach. The separated part of the cliff that broke off in January 2006 has separated further and is eroding, and there are several small rockfalls and sand slides along the entire mile. People were out enjoying the beach, some with their dogs, both on and off leash. View full report 4
254 SueGabriel 03/18/2008 The dog and I had the beach to ourselves except for one seagull foraging in the surf line. The south 1/4 mile was not accessible from the beach because the ocean was crashing into the riprap. Installation of rip rap continues between Corvallis and Mt. Angel streets. There is no longer a beach access at Amity St. A flat rock sloping access appears to be under construction at Mt. Angel. There is a recently completed rock "stair-step" access at Corvallis St. The accesses off Hawk St. further north are still open. There was lots of ocean debris and eroded beach grass in the high wrack line and more than the usual amount of small rocks (? slough from the riprap boulders) nearer the surf line. A major riprap project was in progress at the north beach area of Neskowin just past the northern end of mile 254. View full report 0
171 oldMGguy 03/18/2008 Lots of gulls, crows, one immature bald eagle flying north above the foredune. One unknown shellfish (see photos), isolated strands of bull kelp.Lots of sightseers out this afternoon on this always popular beach. Observed one immature bald eagle flying north along the foredune. Found a shell that I've never seen before on Heceta Beach (see photos). Does anyone know what it is (or was)? View full report 2
288 YaakovM 03/18/2008 This was the lowest tide (-0.2) which I'd ever seen at the beach. There were no people present on this beautiful late winter day and the beach was generally very clean. As expected, driftwood amounts at the high tide line were large, reflecting the accumulations of winter storms. Debris was average, consisting of some styrofoam, bottles, wood pieces, plastic, rope, and other ocean debris items. Bird life was sparse: a few Western gulls and one great blue heron. On the Tillamook Bay side of Bayocean Spit, there were many types and large numbers of birds, mostly waterfowl. Leaving the Spit, I passed Meares Lake and saw three river otters playing in the water. It was the first time I'd ever seen otters in this area and it made for a pleasant ending to a beautiful day at the beach. View full report 3
233 [email protected] 03/19/2008 Very quiet on the beach. Unable to actually get down into Boiler Bay due to high tide so had to observe from Boiler Bay Park. No cars or people at Boiler Bay "trail". Sand level still high on Forgarty Creek Beach. View full report 0
309 cadonofrio 03/19/2008 An extremely large amount of rocks and driftwood on the beach - the wood pieces are large. Rocks and wood extend to the water line in many spots. View full report 0
299 hallee 03/20/2008 Still lots of driftwood from winter storms. Not much litter. The surf was pounding. Someone had drawn outlines of two big kitties in the sand. Perhaps Easter Kitties? View full report 1
206 [email protected] 03/20/2008 Surprisingly little driftline content. Beach almost bare. Very few seabirds either on the beach or in the water View full report 0
130 sandyrandy94 03/20/2008 Shells and animal casings in driftline. Gulls on beach. Beach looked clean, with log debris on southern portion. Sharp breaks between water line and vegetation line has been filled in and storm damage covered over. All in all, almost pristine beach conditions. Low human impact (2)-2 on ATV in allowed area. View full report 0
168 Goldendog 03/21/2008 I had a nice walk with the dogs. The only other people were other beach regulars with their dogs. Everyone was enjoying the beautiful day. The only debris on the beach was some small rocks and shells, and the normal amount of driftwood. The foredune is still badly eroded, especially at the second parking lot where you have to climb down a small sand cliff to get on the beach. I also visited the beach on the 25th, and walked to the Bella. She is still very visable, and actually has moss growing on her from the 3 months of exposure. View full report 2
168 bwholler 03/21/2008 Both steepness and sharpness of storm erosion of the foredune has lessened. The shipwrecked "Bella" is still visible although sand has been gradually re-covering it. Very little bird activity today, a small group of sanderlings at the waterline and two northern harriers swooping over the foredune area. View full report 0
169 bwholler 03/21/2008 Areas of sand erosion from winter storms have softened somewhat. Still lots of driftwood of all sizes, some large tree stumps with fantastic root structures. Most notable finding was a dead, well-decomposed deer, identified by its hooves and a small amount of remaining deer-colored hair. View full report 0
289 ollikainen 03/21/2008 Snow is still visible on the higher peaks of the Coast Range, and last night we had hail and snow (non sticking) on beach. Spring might be several weeks later than normal.Mile 289 continues to see sand building up and the beach widening. Winter storms did not erode the foredunes. Because you need to walk 2 miles plus to reach Mile 289, there is little human activity except on pleasant weather days. View full report 0
153 bebdhm 03/21/2008 Calm day on the beach as tide retreated. Foredunes eroded from winter storms. Beach sand very smooth, very few shells, a few small (quarter size) pieces of jellies.One decomposing bird, a shearwater, can't ID which one. View full report 0
110 BH 03/22/2008 A nice day to be on the beach between storms. Beach clean and almost litter free. Did not notice any gulls or other birds during my entire time on the beach. Thought this was a little strange. Noticed severe erosion on beach bluffs and many rocks being swept into the ocean. Obviously, the winter storms have had a great effect on this beach. Appears to have lost a lot of sand as the beach seems to drop off more sharply than in the past. Many streams on the beach from upland creeks. Shells, kelp (Bull Kelp entwined with fishing rope), small rocks, wood and some ocean-based debris in driftline. Portion of boat and crab rings on beach. Moderate human impact (11)- 4 walking, 3 playing in surf, 2 playing in sand and 2 sitting. Five dogs. Seven Devils Wayside State Park well maintained--Kudos to State Parks! View full report 0
217 firstrobin 03/22/2008 The tide was beginning to come in. There were several sparse and indistinct wrack lines. The beach was wet to the bluffs. Last month there were virtually no rocks in the tide line; this month, there were some fist-sized rocks. There were more crab molts this time. The number of people on the beach was similar to last time, but they were spread out along the length of the mile more evenly. There were several dogs running free. There were virtually no birds on the beach--a gull flew over occasionally. All the gulls were at the Nye Beach turnaround. There were no other live birds and only one dead tubenose bird, which appeared to be a Northern Fulmar. Note: This report covers a little bit of extra territory. It runs from Agate Beach Wayside to Nye Beach Turnaround. View full report 0
133 JBWEGNER 03/22/2008 No significant change with the usual clutter in areas. No sea birds on the shore line and the very few Sea Gulls. Kelp, wood pieces, plastic pellets, land-based and ocean-based debris and Styrofoam in the driftline. Erosion of vegetated foredune still proceeding in areas. Moderate human impact (16)- 3 sitting and 5 fishing. Eight ATV's on allowed beach. View full report 1
242 oceanwalker842 03/22/2008 This was a cool, hazy sunny day on the first day of spring break. Only problem area was the usual evidence of people climbing the sand bluffs approx 1/6 mile north of Canyon Drive Park. (Nobody was climbing during this observation) View full report 0
190 svenbrean 03/22/2008 Beautiful sunny day and lots of folks out taking a look. The spouting horn at Cook's Chasm was putting on a show. View full report 0
239 Shafer 03/22/2008 The weather was lovely! Sunshine and light breeze! We began our walk as usual at the terminus of the Salishan Nature Trail and walked north about a half mile before losing dry sand. We turned south and walked to Gleneden State Park, where we left the beach. So, I guess we covered part of miles 238 and 237? We saw approximately 30 folks and five dogs, mostly south of Salishan around the Gleneden Beach Loop area. We saw four dead birds: two petrels, too decomposed to determine species; one White-winged scopter; and one juvenile gull, probably Western. Not too much trash on this stretch of beach...we picked up about one grocery bag of trash. View full report 0
214 rasmussenschramm 03/22/2008 The beach was clean but much sand has been piling up in waves and some large pieces of driftwood were at the water's edge. No one was visible at the handicap platform above the dunes. 11 cars were parked on the jetty and 19 people were walking about. As we walked along the jetty we counted 13 people fishing. At the jetty parking lot and along the road we counted 22 more cars and one horse trailer plus one person biking leading his dog along. So, it was a busy time at the beach. View full report 0
226 gsmeyer 03/22/2008 No obvious changes since last report but a little more use than observed previously, probably because of the nice day and it being a Saturday. But, use still limited due to relative inaccessibility. View full report 0
171 oldMGguy 03/24/2008 Lots of folks, families, grandparents with toddlers out enjoying the beach today. A bad day for baby jellies, as a gazillion dime-sized clear jellies are washed up in the wrack line - all fresh and shiny. No birds observed other than gulls. The usual bunch of harbor seals were not in the surf today. A very heavy and extensive patch of sea foam was drifting up the Siuslaw River with the incoming tide. View full report 0
127 tsunchoi 03/24/2008 Kelp, shells, plastic pellets, land- and ocean-based debris in the driftline. Shorebirds foraging in the surf. Foredunes greatly eroded on the average of 4-5 feet high exposing beach Dune Grass roots and revealing a large number of logs extending from the sand bluffs. Medium human impact (7)-5 walking, 2 in ATVs in an allowed area. View full report 0
20 D Bilderback 03/24/2008 Persistent kelp beds off-shore. Kelp (Cryptopleura (Ruffled Red Seaweed), Mazzaella (Iridescent Seaweed), Ahnfeltia (Wiry Forked Seaweed), Ahnfeltiopsis (Flat-tipped Forked Seaweed), Plocamium (Sea Braid), Rhodymenia (Pacific Rose Seaweed), Hedophyllum (Sea Cabbage), Callophyllis (Beautiful Leaf Seaweed), Corallina (Coral Leaf Seaweeds and is a red coralline algae), Cystoseira (Northern Bladder Chain), Constantinea (Cup and Saucer Seaweed), Lessoniopsis (Strap Kelp), Pterygophora (Old Growth Kelp), Eelgrass (Zostera), wood, a Cryptochiton(Gumboot Chiton), the Tunicates: Stylea (Stalked Tunicate), Aplidium (Sea Pork), Distaplia (Clubbed Compound Tunicate),Bryozoa including Flustrellidra (Spiny Feather Bryosoan) and Hydrozoa including Aglaophenia (Ostrich-plume Hydroids) and Garveia (Orange Hydroid),sponges, rock and kelp crab carapaces in the driftline. One dead Ling Cod and one dead Rat Fish found on the beach. Beach slope of 8 degrees. Sand removed from mid mile leaving large cobble stones. Removed 2 large gunny sacks of plastic debris from beach. Three Black Oystercatchers and Western Gulls flying offshore. 26 Harbor Seals on offshore rocks. Six Gray Whales blows seen offshore. River Otter tracks in sand and Raccoon and River Otter scat on beach. Wind speed of 13.6 mph from Northwest. Air temperature of 48 degrees F and ocean temperature of 49 degree F. View full report 12
129 [email protected] 03/24/2008 A lovely day at the beach. Cool with a light breeze. Spring Break crowds at the access parking lot, but our mile was empty of people/dogs, except for we three - Mike, Liz, and Izzy-the-dog. Shells, animal casings, kelp/algae in the driftline. Small shorebird flocks of Sanderlings and Dunlin moving in response to people. Fairly clean of human debris. A few plastic bottles and chunks of styrofoam. Lots of log debris and driftwood, with evidence of some recent chain-saw work on some large logs. Typical winter foredune erosion. The day was a gift. View full report 7
228 djohnson 03/25/2008 The only change of note is the completion and opening of Whale Cove Inn. This has not impacted the isolation of the Whale Cove beach area, however, and the peaceful, scenic cove is unchanged. View full report 0
97 D Bilderback 03/26/2008 Light driftline of rocks, a few broken sand dollars, Ctenophores and the kelp, Porphyra. A few Sanderlings foraging at surfline. One dead muskrat and one dead Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel. Little plastic debris on beach . Beach flat with slope of 5 degrees. Wind-blown sand accumulating against eroded sand bluff. Air temperature of 48 degrees F and ocean temperature of 50.7 degrees F. Wind from SW at 11.6 mph. Low human impact (0). View full report 11
96 D Bilderback 03/26/2008 Light driftline of kelp(Macrocysytis, Fucus, Porphyra and Cystoseira), rocks, a few shells and broken sand dollars, a few Ctenophores in driftline. Five Harbor Seals swimming in the New River outlet and nearby ocean. Beach flat with a slope of 5 degrees. Snowy Plover Habitat Restoration area roped and posted. Logs, wood and some ocean-based debris at southern end of mile. Air temperature of 48 degrees F and ocean temperature of 50.7 degrees F. Wind from SW at 11.6 mph. Outflow of New River broad, deep and fast-moving and has moved north creating a five-foot sand bluff. There was a second bluff of two feet on the lower bench to the water's edge. Two riptide embayments on mile. Low human impact (0). View full report 8
283 Bluebrau 03/28/2008 As it was cold and wet, there were not many people out. Nothing was out of the ordinary. We were there less than an hour because of the poor conditions. View full report 0
16 Christine 03/29/2008 This is the section of Mile 16 I call Thunder Rock Cove North. Other than the downed tree that rather neatly created a new section of the trail, nothing unnatural or unusual noted. Some lovely spring growth perhaps limited by the cold. View full report 0
31 Joseph 03/29/2008 Other than the dead sea lion, there is nothing unusual to note. This beach has not changed much in my ten years of close observation. The decrease in litter is a welcome development since three years ago we removed 43 tires and 8 bags of trash after the winter. View full report 0
54 mvolson 03/29/2008 This beach is always quite clean. The extra debris this time was probably mostly from winter storms. It did look as though the northern dune area near the base of the bluff had taken a beating. View full report 0
178 Brien M 03/29/2008 Well it was Beach Clean-up day, so my daughter and I hit the beach with four trash bags in hand. We filled them all, quickly. It was the usual stuff: plastic bottles,styrofoam,fishing float fragments,footwear, etc. The only thing I salvaged was about twenty fathoms of crabbing rope. Kudos to all you others out there who participated in this event in less-than-ideal weather. Also, a big thank you to all of the businesses and organizations that sponsored it. In my zone, I would like to thank Fred Meyer for furnishing the refreshments.The "Whale Watching Spoken Here" event was held the same day and same hours as the beach clean-up. One of the sites is on the bluff right above my beach. I asked and was told there were some sightings of whales that morning, but they were scarce. It turned out that many binoculars were focused on a couple of people (us) picking up litter on the beach a few hundred feet below. I am sorry we were probably not quite as entertaining to watch as whales are. View full report 0
210 Charlie 03/29/2008 Overall it was a great day for the SOLV beach cleanup save the skitzo. weather. I was coordinating captains at three different sites between South Beach and Ona. I decided to walk my mile for the cleanup. I'm a newby and this is the first mile report I've done. Good turnout for the SOLV cleanup...lots of trash collected and I mainly focused on trash/beach wrack and familiarizing myself with the mile's coastal features. Most interesting was the macrocystis or "giant kelp" pieces I found along the entire mile. I've never seen this on the beaches this far north in Oregon and am positive on the ID. I saw at least a couple of dozen of 2-5 foot pieces. View full report 1
118 D Bone 03/30/2008 Variety of wildlife species was abundant although numbers of some were not great (California and Steller Sea Lions). Cycles of the season were in effect with the Gray Whale migration (100 observed passing this mile during Whale Watch Week) and pregnant Harbor Seals in great evidence and the fact that the 1 Northern Elephant Seal pup has not been seen for 2 weeks (should have gone to sea). Four female and one male Northern Elephant Seal on Shell Island.Vandalism was limited to the release of 6 goats from a research project. As a note, the telescopes that were taken from the Shell Island viewing platform were found dumped from a bridge over a slough. Trail area was VERY clean this time, and all storm damage is off of the trail. Area was wet, even muddy in places but was stable. Although Golden Eagles aren't generally seen on the coast, 2 adults were seen last summer, and my observation indicates that at least 1 is still here. Also 6 Turkey Vultures, 1 Harlequin Duck, 2 Black Oystercatchers, numerous Pelagic Cormorants and numerous Surf Scoters were seen. Moderate human impact (7)- 3 walking and 4 observing wildlife. 2 dogs. View full report 0
310 Bill Gordon 03/30/2008

Weather was ever changing (hail/rain at start of walk and sun at the end). Reasonably fresh deer carcass close to north end. Very old rusted car chassis at south end probably uncovered with lower sand level, and an old rusted engine about 300 yds from the chassis. Both largely under the sand with less than 2 ft height visable.Signficant loss of sand during last 3 mos plus substantial increase of driftwood. Overall the mile remained quite clean of ocean based debris and there was almost no land based debris.

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104 beachnut 04/01/2008 The only development of note is a very large sign prohibiting vehicles from going south of it on the beach. The sign is attached to a steel i-beam embedded in the high-tide area perhaps a quarter of a mile north of the beach parking lot. This one's chance of survival in storm surges is probably better than the wooden posts used in years past. Kelp, shells, small rocks and ocean-based debris in driftline. A few gulls and a flock of Sanderlings on the shoreline. The dune erosion appears to have halted now that the tide levels are falling slightly, and it is again possible to walk safely, but cautiously, at high tide. Low human impact (3)-1 walking, 2 on horseback. One dog. View full report 0
119 Florence Elk 04/03/2008 One of the most beautiful and interesting areas of the Oregon coast. Sea lions and seals close up at the draw bridge in Charleston feeding on scraps from the fishing industry. Then on to Shore Acres and Simpson Reef on Mile 119 for miles of hiking, dramatic cliffs and a beautiful garden. Definitely worth the trip. Take a camera... Moderate human impact (16)- 14 walking and 2 taking photographs. Four dogs. View full report 12
248 Dr Kayak 04/03/2008 Immature bald eagle, sea birds, harbor seals and California sea lions at Cascade Head. View full report 1
338 Randy and Beth 04/03/2008 Due to SOLV cleanup the previous weekend, we saw no trash on our beach mile. There was still lots of driftwood piled up at the base of the cliffs. Very little bird activity--only one lone seagull flying overhead. View full report 0
293 ducks73 04/03/2008 It was a great day to be on the beach. It was one week after the beach cleanup and it was still very clean. View full report 0
159 Foggy 04/03/2008 Closest access to this mile is via the Turner Lake Wayside. The trail from there is about a mile, and today there were several deep unavoidable mudpuddles to ford to get to the beach. There was no adverse human impact observed, no humans, no dogs, no trash. View full report 3
158 Foggy 04/03/2008 Closest access to this beach is the Dunes Overlook. Trail is well-maintained, about a half mile long, and does not require any wading. Very light human use on this beautiful warm day. View full report 6
335 mnfwhite 04/03/2008 More activity than normal because of Spring Break. Few shore birds. No speeding or erratic driving. View full report 0
171 oldMGguy 04/04/2008 The sand is back! There is a dramatic increase in the sand distribution on the upper beach area, particularily in "The Lagoon" area just north of the Siuslaw River North Jetty.The mystery shell photo I posted on 3/18/08 has been identified. Lloyd Maxfield, our website administrator, says the mystery shell is a ... (I'm not making this up)... "Green False-Jingle", a relative of the oyster. View full report 0
175 Caples 04/04/2008 In the two and a half hours we were on the beach we had driving rain with wind, fog, and clouds moving across a sunny sky. It was a typical Oregon day on the beach. View full report 0
198 bahngarten 04/06/2008 There was not much litter to pick up, partly thanks to SOLV, but we did have a large styrofoam chunk, a big light bulb, and ssmall entanglements of fishing line. Although we could not identify several of our dead birds, they may be important by number...perhaps related to late cold storms, etc. View full report 0
20 D Bilderback 04/09/2008 On the nearshore headland, we saw a Lupine Blue Butterfly and a Checkerspot Butterfly. During this low tide, we found 8 large Cryptochitons (Gumboot Chitons), 8 Henricia leviuscula (Blood Stars), 1 Dermaterias imbricata (Leather Star), 1 Pisaster brevispinus (Giant Pink Star) and numerous Pisaster ochraceus (Ochre Sea Star). Up against a darker rock ledge, we found a blood red/orange Nemertea worm, Tubulanus polymorphus. There were many species of algae, kelp and rocks covered with Zostera marina (Eel grass). Kelp (Lessoniopsis (Strap Kelp), Pterygophora (Old Growth Kelp), Fucus (Rockweed), Ahnfeltiopsis (Flat-tipped Forked Seaweed), Egregia (Feather Boa Kelp), Constantinea (Cup and Saucer Seaweed), Cystoseira (Northern Bladder Chain), Mazzaella (Iridescent Seaweed), Nereocystis (Bull Kelp),Callophyllis (Beautiful Leaf Seaweed), Rhodymenia (Pacific Rose Seaweed), Chondracanthus (Turkish Towel), Opuntiella (Prickly Pear Seaweed), Postelsia palmaeformis (Sea Palm), Hedophyllum (Sea Cabbage), Hymenena (Black-lined Red Seaweed), Plocamium (Sea Braid), Neorhodomela (Corkscrew kelp or Dreadlocks—these are our made up common names), Porphyra (Nori or Laver), Desmarestia ligulata (Acid Kelp or Broad Acid Weed)), wood pieces, Spruce cones, myrtle seeds, Cryptochiton stelleri (Gumboot Chiton), Rock Crab Carapaces, Rock Scallop shells, Sponge (Clathria prolifera), Bryozoa including Flustrellidra (Spiny Leather Bryozoan), Hydrozoa and the red Tunicate, Ritterella, and feather worm tubes were found in the driftline. Western Gulls, Black Oystercatchers and Turkey Vultures flying offshore or above the beach. 21 Harbor Seals on offshore rocks. River Otter tracks on beach. Vocalization of Steller Sea Lions heard. North Cove with little sand and lots of cobblestones and drift logs. Slope of beach just south of Crook Point is 8 degrees. Southern most beach flat with cobblestones and drift logs against the headlands. Sanicula arctopoides (Footsteps-of-Spring), Fragaria chiloensis (Wild Strawberry), Armeria maritima (Thrift), Ranunculus californica (Buttercup)and Erigeron glaucus (Seaside Daisy) were in bloom on the headland of Crook Point. Calandrinia ciliata (Red Maid), Cerastium arvense (Field Chickweed), Bellis perennis (English Daisy) were blooming on the headland near the middle of the mile (south headland). Wind speed of 5.9 mph from SW. Air and ocean tempertaures of 49.7 and 49.8 degrees F, respectfully. Low human impact (2)-walking with two dogs. View full report 17
97 beachnut 04/10/2008 The tide levels generally are declining, meaning less overtopping and erosion of the grassy dune areas in this mile. However, the midway point still is susceptible to high tides. Small stones are now abundant in scattered areas, and some sea debris still is coming into shore. A slew of pink shrimp in the high line was very attractive to scores of gulls, as well as the occasional crow or raven. Sanderlings were feeding in the wet line, which was distant for me. Incidentally, I found a barnacle-encrusted glass float in a shape I've not seen before: kind of elliptical and similar to though larger than plastic ones I've found over the years. Low human impact (1)-rockhunting. View full report 0
187 turnstone 04/10/2008 Rain giving way to sun brings the people out to enjoy a minus tide View full report 2
184 bailiffd 04/10/2008 This was the first walk on my mile. It was done in two phases due to the height of the tides. Initial walk was from north to south. Second walk was from the south end to just a rock outcropping away from the end of the initial walk. Given lower tides it will be possible to walk the full distance later in the spring. It is beautiful and quite prestine given its rugged nature.This walk will be the benchmark for future walks. View full report 0
171 oldMGguy 04/10/2008 It is interesting to observe how this flat sandy beach continually changes texture and pattern in subtle ways every time we visit. As last reported, sand is on the increase, this time more noticable on the north end of Mile 171. Mile 171 is still very clean from human-sourced trash, thanks to last month's trash clean-up day. View full report 0
170 Florence Elk 04/11/2008 Seals were out. about 150 Found shipwreck in the suislaw, 300 yards from coast guard station. The Pioneer museum has no record of it. It's about 75' long, wood with iron on the keel. If anyone knows what it is please let me know. Pix attached View full report 6
228 TMarie 04/11/2008 The Inn at Whale Cove continues to be a source of night light into the cove and a nuisance to some adjoining neighbors. The night lights shine into the windows of adjoining neighbors, in violation of Lincoln CO. regulations forbidding light trespass from a commercial site to a residential site. Lincoln Co., State and Federal authorities have been notified about the light trespass issues for residents and the seals that inhabit the cove. View full report 0
109 Foggy 04/13/2008 Small rocks in the driftline. Six Harbor Seals on offshore rocks. Large group of foraging sandpipers moving in response to humans and dogs. A few gulls on beach and 3 cormorants on rocks. Sand level is still very low. Relatively heavy (5) vehicle use in allowed area. Moderate human impact (15)- 2 people on horses-5 walking, 3 tidepooling, 1 clamming and 4 paraboarders. Five dogs. View full report 9
179 oystercatcher 04/13/2008 It was a pleasant day for beach goers, alternating sun and overcast with moderate wind. Lots of cars coming and going from the parking lot. People tide pooling, climbing on the rocks, beachcombing, photographing, dogs running free. There was a sand castle and some writing on the rocks with colored chalk. A small amount of erosion at the shell mound. Noticed lots of juvenile mussels as well as large mussels and barnacles at the north end of the beach. There were rafts of surf scoters and common murres which could be seen from the lighthouse as well as a few Brandt's cormorants. View full report 5
296 Coopersmith 04/13/2008 Staggering beauty; heartbreaking litter. Evidence of winter storm activity. View full report 0
223 shan&louie 04/15/2008 The beach was fairly quiet and clean and the amount of human presence i.e. trash from ocean and beachcombers was less than on other walks. The work on the new Spencer Creek Bridge continues and erosion on cliffs South of Spencer Creek is evident. This is the first official CoastWatch report for me so I will continue to monitor the progression of the erosion. View full report 0
102 D Brittain 04/15/2008 This report is for the north half of Mile 102 and the south half of Mile 103. Shells, animal casings, small rocks, and wood pieces in the driftline. Low human impact (5)-walking. View full report 0
111 J Grove 04/17/2008 Kelp/Algae, small rocks and wood pieces in driftline. Low human impact (5)-walking. One dog. Concerned about kelp/algae collection. View full report 0
214 malachite 04/21/2008 Interesting foredune undercutting or erosion present on one section of the beach. Associated with more (than average for this beach) steeply sloping beach & cobble sized sediment (if that's the correct term) in intertidal area. View full report 2
61 cwatch61 04/24/2008 Mile 61 remained free of natural and man made debris. A dead Stellar Sea Lion and an ATV were observed and reported. View full report 3
188 claretucker 04/24/2008 North side - some large trash items at end of beach. Pair of oyster catchers on "island" rock. View full report 0
97 D Bilderback 04/24/2008 Kelp (Postelsia, Porphyra, Fucus, Plocamium, Polysiphonia, Macrocystis, Cystoseira and Nereocystsis), clumps of freshwater pondweed, Potamogeton and the green alga, Cladophora, crab carapaces, small rocks and wood pieces and broken sand dollars in the driftline. Beach slope of 5 degrees. Ocean temperature was 51.8 F. One riptide embayment. Flock of Sanderlings with a few Western Sandpipers foraging at surfline. Sanderlings bathing in the ocean. One Snowy Plover. A dead Pacific Herring on beach. Caspian Tern flying above the surf. Low human impact (2)-rockhunting. View full report 0
96 D Bilderback 04/24/2008 Kelp (Nereocystis kelp knots, Macrocystis, Fucus and Egregia), a few crab carapices, small rocks, wood, pine needles, a few broken sand dollars, four plastic fishing floats, fresh water alga, Cladophora entwined in freshwater pond weed, Potamogeton, two frog egg jelly masses and a frog tadpole in the driftline. An auto tire on the beach. A flock of Canada Geese flew south low over the beach. Caspian Tern diving for fish at mouth of the New River. Sanderlings foraging at surfline. A flock of Black-bellied Plover flying north. 13 Harbor Seals hauled out at the mouth of New River. One dead Northern Fulmar and Western Gull. Beach slope of 5 degrees. Two riptide embayments in the mile. Tracks of person with two dogs and probably the ATV of predator control for the Snowy Plover Habbitat Restoration area. Low human impact (0). View full report 12
43 Dale Lee 04/24/2008 Accessing mile 43 requires a 10-15 minute walk down a moderate slope on an informal game trail. With the rapidly growing vegatation, spring is the season where the trail goes from being the easiest to follow, to being the most challenging to follow. The ocean was fairly clear, blue green in color, and there was lots of young seaweed in the water. The seaweed was not espcially floating or on the bottom, but seemed to have netural bouyancy. Some seaweed was present in the high tide driftline, along with numerous foam pellets. Are the pellets from sea or locally uncovered and being redistributed? Many recent international items were present, including a few water bottles with asian characters on the lables, which I found interesting. View full report 0
217 firstrobin 04/26/2008 It was a beautiful day, and many people were enjoying the beach. Children played in the water and the sand. Dogs ran free on the beach. The sun was warm and there was little wind. There were thin cirrus clouds, a helicopter flying over, a boat or two out in the water. There was very little plastic or styrofoam litter of any kind. I especially noticed that the small pieces of plastic so in evidence in March in the wrack line were nowhere to be seen. The tide was low, and a few people were climbing on the exposed rocks. There were many small pieces of driftwood along with a number of 4" by 4" pieces of used lumber with (6" or 8" long, 1/2" thick) iron fasteners protruding. Note: This report covers a little more than a mile: it runs from Agate Beach Waysdie to Nye Beach Turnaround. View full report 0
16 Christine 04/26/2008 This is the section of Mile 16 I call Thunder Rock Cove Viewpoint South. When I arrived at the viewpoint parking, there was 1 truck parked near the section I call Thunder Rock Cove North, unknown how many people. On the South trail, I encountered 2 people on a side trail, unknown which entry they came by. Natural Bridges View Point is in the middle of this section and had one parked car and one truck. When I returned to the Thunder Rock Cove Viewpoint parking area, there were 3 cars and 1 truck closely parked near the entry to Thunder Rock Cove North and an unknown number of people. They may have been a group repairing the winter trail damage. It was a nice sunny day. Other than car/people activity, nothing unusual to report. View full report 0
10 [email protected] 04/27/2008 No problems seen. Foggy day so most visitors walked the beach, enjoyed the quiet. View full report 2
220 lmabeggs 04/27/2008 This beach showed little sign of human use. The only litter was in the driftline. Some new areas of sliding on the bank were noted. A bluff visible from the beach shows lots of erosion that is coming close to homes. View full report 1
146 cmoore 04/27/2008 A beautiful Sunday south of the Winchester jetty. People were enjoying the calm water and nice day. No changes of note since we walked the beach last fall. View full report 0
152 cmoore 04/28/2008 A quiet Monday walk on a quiet beach. There was evidence of ATV action over the weekend--tire tracks in the sand. We picked up a garbage bag of trash, including a plastic bottle from China. Otherwise, nothing of note. Sparrow Park Road is increasingly difficult to manage, however. The first part had been newly graveled, but the last 2 miles were full of deep potholes that couldn't be avoided. View full report 0
146 cmoore 05/01/2008 On our walk today we found four round buoys (one 12" diam. and three 8") from fishing boats, one from China. Two had been in the water a long time, encrusted with Lepas (goose barnacles) which had mostly rubbed off in the wave action. There were also 4 large clumps of entwined rope, too heavy to cart away. We also saw a dead sea lion, head missing. Lots of Sanderlings. It was a very pleasant day with light cloud cover. View full report 0
213 skimmer 05/02/2008 Other than the 4x lumber the beach was quite clean. View full report 0
198 bahngarten 05/04/2008 Very clean beach. 200 sanderlings, 8 whimbrels actively feeding on mole crabs, and other small sand dwellers. View full report 0
188 FriendofStrawberry 05/05/2008 Arrived when low tide was starting to come back up. Harbor Seals are the only seals that rest and enjoy the safety of these off shore rocks (when the tide lets them). Counted at least 2 baby Harbor Seals. Rocks with barnacles in the heavy traffic area where they get trampled each summer, were covered again with new barnacles. Research markers have been placed on the popular visitor rocks in the last 2 years. Walked about half way north till water and rocks stopped us. Juvenile Mole Crabs in sand as well as a Sandworm. View full report 9
213 [email protected] 05/05/2008 Very quiet AM. Clean beach except for one area of numerous small seaweed pieces and one area of small driftwood pieces. Nice firm sand for walking. Wind increasing noticably as I walked back to exit point at South Beach. View full report 0
169 gGates 05/06/2008 Extremely low tide today, pretty quiet morning. Found a few agates, unfortunately no razor clams. View full report 0
305 skyhar8000 05/06/2008 I was able to walk as far south as I have ever been. There were no seals, but plenty of body drag marks, so I assume that some of the far coves are regular hangouts for them.I met 3 men in Cove 1 who had hiked around the point to reach the area, and we all hiked south together. One of them has a website, www.seaturtlesforever.??? -- he lives in Seaside and has done some environmental work in Central America. Another was from Arch Cape. Nice guys, packed lightly and carried out all their own litter.At the top of the north cliff, someone has built a fire ring, and it appears to be in regular use -- there is even spare firewood with a tarp over it. I think it is within Oswald West boundaries, and I will contact the ranger and see if he wants to look at it. I am sure there are illegal fire areas all over, but at least this one appears carefully tended -- no trash, firewood under cover -- but the ranger may want to remove it and post a NO FIRES sign -- if a coast wind caught a fire at that point, it could grow quite a bit out there on the cliffs and bluffs. View full report 0
307 elsecobb 05/06/2008 Thanks to the very low minus tide, some "reefs" became visible on the beach at about the middle of mile 307.Great tide pools.Seeing the Harlequin ducks at the Arch Cape was a treat! Much sea weed covered rock north of the Arch Cape, due to very low sand level impossible to get around the Cape. View full report 0